Gordon Brown embarked today for his first call on President Bush, while the press at home speculated on whether the green PM's relationship with his counterpart was cooling or too warm. Brown's predecessor, Tony Blair, had a close relationship with Bush—too close for some UK observers. Iraq, a potential wedge issue, will be on the crowded agenda.
Brown, backed by public approval of his handling of recent terror plots in London and Glasgow, has a reputation for intellect where Blair relied on charisma, raising doubts about his chemistry with the Bush. Brown said he was optimistic about the future of Britain's 'most important bilateral relationship,' and denied talk of a rift.